Basic Information

Address: • Cape Town Campus – South Africa • Johannesburg Campus – South Africa • Durban Campus – South Africa • Port Elizabeth Campus – South Africa • Oodi Campus- Botswana (near Gaborone)
Phone Number: +27 21 448 7600
Director: Nadia Chalkley
Duration: • Higher Certificate Programmes (one year full-time, programme normally commences March) • Undergraduate Degree Programmes (three years full-time, programme normally commences end of January) • Postgraduate Honors Degrees (one year full-time, programme normally commences end of January) • Master of Fine Arts (two years part-time, programme normally commences end of January) Application deadlines – 15 October to allow for study permit processing.

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From its early beginnings in 1994, AFDA has become one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world today. It has produced some of top film makers and actors in Africa and had made significant contributions towards developing sustainable entertainment industries.

The campuses range in size from about 600+ students at Cape Town Campus, 200+ at Durban Campus, 200 + at Port Elizabeth Campus and about 1100+ enrolled at Johannesburg Campus. The majority of international students enroll at Cape Town Campus but each campus offers a unique setting and AFDA also boasts a campus in Botswana for Government sponsored students in particular.

AFDA is a full member of CILECT – the International Association of Accredited Film and Television Schools and have exhibited films at numerous international film festivals and other broadcasting opportunities of which an Oscar win, Cannes nominations and Student Academy Awards are to name a few. Do read more about our award winning productions and alumni on this site:


5000 US to 7500 US per annum depending on programme

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Program Information: AFDA is registered as the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is a private higher education institution which offers higher certificate and degree programmes that are registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).  Our programmes are accredited and we participate productively in the ongoing reaccreditation and quality assurance processes of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) to ensure the quality of our programmes. The DHET certificate number for AFDA is 2001/HE07/012.

The Higher Certificate in Film, Television and Entertainment Production introduces the student to camera, grips, lighting, multi-cam studio, stage rigging, production coordination, art department, wardrobe, make-up and styling and stage management. The Higher Certificate Programme in Radio Podcasting introduces the student to radio programming, scheduling, studio, field recording and sound mixing. Both Certificate Programmes are one - year Foundation programmes which give students access to the undergraduate degree if they are not eligible at the point of application. These programmes also serve as practical GAP year experiences for students wanting to travel and live abroad for one year whilst gaining meaningful industry relevant education and experience.

The BA Degrees in Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance offer students the opportunity to discover their aptitude in 1st year in order to progress and specialize in 2nd and 3rd year. Outcomes in the Bachelor of Art in Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance include short films, television promos or productions, stage productions and musical performance. 

The Commerce and Computer Technology streams allow students the opportunity to identify potential start up business opportunities arising from dissipating or stagnant capital flows. Students introduce innovative technologies to realize these business opportunities. AFDA’s pedagogy is about work-integrated, experiential and project based learning and research and this is applied into all course offerings. Through the AFDA School of Business and Innovation Technology, Commerce, Computer Technology and Art curriculums interface to create a collaborative educational environment in which students form Innovation Hubs to realize their simulated start up business together. 

AFDA have won numerous awards since opening its doors in 1994. Here are some of the most recent highlights.

- "Incurable", an AFDA Johannesburg 2016 postgraduate film, written and directed by Darren Parker, won the Best International Short Film Award at the 21stEcrans Noirs Festival in Yaounde, Cameroon. The festival ran from 15-23 July 2017.

- AFDA Cape Town 2014 multi-award winning graduation film, "Happy Earth Co" has scooped up yet another international award. Hylton Jandrell and his crew picked up the Best Dark Comedy Film award at the Los Angeles Film Awards 2016.

- AFDA alumni and Soul Films Founding Director Tristan Schafer has won the Golden Lens Award at the Beijing Film Festival 2016 out of 100 filmmakers from around the world. The award is for the film he wrote, directed, shot and edited called "Blade Master" that follows a 6th generation sword smith in north western China.

- AFDA Johannesburg alumni and Oscar winner Tristan Holmes' Coronation commercial has been selected by Pepe Marais (Chief Creative Officer at Joe Public), as the top commercial for the May SA Film Reel.

"This is a disruptive take on investment. It's highly insightful and deserves to be recognized, no matter the controversy. It's the kind of work I absolutely love and have all the aspects of world class commercial making." Pepe Marais.
For more information on awards and alumni please refer to this site: